Quarter final spot awaits

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Bletchley Ladies edged past Tonbridge Juddian Ladies on Sunday to book their spot in the next round of the Women’s Junior Cup.

It wasn’t all plain sailing for Bletchley though, as a late fight back from the home side saw Tonbridge reduce the gap to just two points at the end as Bletchley held on to win 14-12.

All of the scoring game in the second half of the game after a hard-fought opening period saw honours even at 0-0 at the interval.

But Bletchley didn’t have to wait long in the second half before they were in front.

Helen Bateman picked the ball from the back of the resulting scrum, passed out to Rachael Taylor, who scored between the posts, making for an easy conversion and a 7-0 lead.

Tonbridge got themselves on the scoreboard though when they stole the ball at a ruck to cross over and pull the score back to 7-5.

Now both teams dug in, looking for the break to give them the next points. Play remained in the centre of the field for a while, both teams pushing hard.

Eventually Bletchley began to work the ball forward, and their perseverance paid off when Beth Metcalf offloaded to Lauren Delany to score. Taylor kicked the extras to make it 14-5.

But once more, Tonbridge fought back and scored again, reducing the arrears to two points.

Despite some shaky rugby towards the end, Bletchley’s undefeated run was maintained with victory, and a place in quarter finals awaits.